Making a splash to raise charity cash

SWIMMING pool staff made a splash by turning their waters pink to raise awareness of cervical cancer — and they’re planning a special scarlet day today.

Rotherham Leisure Complex was the scene of the rose-tinted waters, with 140 women taking part in aqua-aerobics classes in aid of Cancer Research UK and raising just shy of £160 by snapping up poolside cupcakes.

Louise Padgett, from the NHS cervical screening programme in South Yorkshire, thanked the centre for hosting the event and urged women to be screened for the disease, which is the most common cancer in women under 35.

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Emily Newman, development manager for Places for People, which runs the centre, said: “The aim of the event was to get more women active in a fun, enjoyable and energetic environment while working alongside the cervical cancer team raising awareness for National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week.

“The event had such a great atmosphere and everybody that attended seemed to thoroughly enjoy it.”

More information about what to expect at your cervical screening appointment can be found at

Meanwhile, the Rotherham centre — along with those in Maltby, Aston and Wath, will be turning red today (5) to back the British Heart Foundation’s Wear it Beat it Heart Day.

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Staff will be wearing red — and encouraging customers to follow suit — and showing off their baking skills in a Crumb Dine with Me bake-off featuring healthy treats to raise awareness of heart health issues and raise cash for the BHF.

Free health checks will also be on offer.